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The Guardian needs a dodgy metals expert

Or, even, a dodgy expert in metals:

The area may soon be home to a large, open cut mine that will extract minerals including garnet, zircon and gold from beneath the flats.


TiGa has applied for consent to mine minerals for ilmenite

It’s an ilmenite mine – the source for titanium. You know, the white in white paint? That’s why the Ti in the company name?

Sure, garnet and zircon are usual byproducts but they are byproducts. It’s an ilmenite mine.

8 thoughts on “The Guardian needs a dodgy metals expert”

  1. The Meissen Bison

    including garnet, zircon and gold

    Obvs the writer is a woman looking for something she can easily relate to.

  2. I know “mineral” comes from “mine”, but shirely gems aren’t minerals. Happy to be corrected.

  3. They maybe gems to you but to a chemist, they’re minerals.
    I’s like our B&O promoter in a recent thread. Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but they’re also an excellent & relatively inexpensive industrial abrasive. Exactly the same chemical composition though.

  4. I wonder if the Ga in TiGa stands for gallium. On looking it up it appears to have many uses especially in electronics, so worth mining. Probably not in the same mine as Ti though.

  5. A gem is a material that can be cut and polished. Not all gems are minerals, some are organic such as pearl, coral and ivory.

  6. Don’t forget amber. But a lot of minerals are also organic. They are the result of organic processes.

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